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Grand jury indicts man shot while allegedly charging officer with stake

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:40 a.m. HST, Mar 22, 2013

The officer who shot and wounded a man who police say rushed the officer with a metal stake in Kalihi Valley earlier this month barely had enough time to get out of his car and draw his weapon, Deputy Prosecutor Keith Seto said in state court today.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment Thursday charging the man who was shot, 35-year-old Ralph Riveira Jr., with attempted assault and attempted assault of a law enforcement officer.

Seto said the officer was responding to a call of an argument in front of Riveira’s mother’s home. He said Riveira confronted the officer, threatened to stab him and then rushed at him from 15 feet away. The officer fired when Riveira was six feet away from him, Seto said.

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